Category: Jungle Wisdom

What do you mean, “I quit”?

8 steps to keep your workforce happy Cutting costs and cycle time might be at the top of your list of concerns, but neglecting your employees can hurt the bottom line. Be sure you’re valuing their contributions to your company’s success. –Dennis Gros When your manufacturing floor is humming with a cadence that exudes productivity and there’s a backlog of orders, life at your molding facility couldn’t be better. But what happens when some of your most reliable and productive... more

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Hiring? It’s not simple!

  Hiring companies can advertise their positions on GrosRecruiters.com at no charge.  But hiring a new employee is rarely simple. Here are some tips to make the process easier. The most important aspect of a successful job campaign is appeal. Your goal is to encourage qualified candidates to rank your company first on their list.  Here’s how to plan for a productive  advertising campaign and hire on http://grosrecruiters.com/jobs/add/ If your script leans toward job requirements, your readers will exclude themselves before they apply! ... more

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We promise overtime

Overtime, sign-on bonus, and other non-wage compensation components are among the enticements noted by the Federal Reserve System to entice new employees.  This report is included in the October “Beige Book” published by the FED.  The economists described compensation trends as “modest to moderate wage pressures” at this time.  Within skilled manufacturing and several other economic sectors, employers experience difficulty in finding qualified workers. Here’s a link to the Beige Book:    https://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/files/BeigeBook_20171018.pdf

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Light the Night – for LLS

Research to eventually cure blood diseases takes a personal turn toward the plastics industry this year, as the head of the Plastics Industry Association confronts the disease himself.  Bill Carteaux is raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as he deals with acute myeloid leukemia and prepares for a bone marrow transplant.  His goal is $100,000 by October 21.  You can contribute at http://pages.lightthenight.org/nca/WashDC17/bcarteaux

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From the farm, genetically engineered

The story behind MissVickie’s potato chips is bucolic.  “Miss Vickie wanted better chips for her family, so she made them using ingredients fresh from her family’s farm.” Now continue reading on the left column, two lines above the barcode.  “Partially Produced with Genetic Engineering”.  Apparently Miss Vickie had a lab.  Click to see the package.

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Sit down, let’s talk about recycling

Have a seat in your new classroom desk, made from recycled food wrap!  African children will see 500 new desks this school year, from collected waste materials.  And what they learn from the project goes far beyond a textbook. https://www.packworld.com/article/sustainability/recycling/school-desks-made-plastic-waste-close-loop

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That’s stupid

Yeah, we said it.   Do you think you’re a great boss because you let marginal performers slide and you treat everyone equally?  Not according to this article by TalentSmart.  Read the 7 ways managers motivate and demotivate employees.  By the way, one of the demotivators is “Making a lot of stupid rules.”  Now you get it. http://www.talentsmart.com/articles/7-Ways-Managers-Motivate-and-Demotivate-Employees-2147446692-p-1.html

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Institute of Packaging Professionals picks Jane Chase

Congratulations to the Institute of Packaging Professionals in naming Jane Chase as Executive Director.  News release from IoPP:  IoPP selects Jane Chase as new Executive Director  The Institute of Packaging Professionals has appointed Jane Chase, CPP, College of Fellows, as its new Executive Director. She succeeds Patrick Farrey, who departed IoPP recently to pursue other opportunities.Chase’s involvement with IoPP spans more than 20 years, in which she has served in a variety of important areas. She was a longtime member... more

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